Tuesday 14th November 2017
Being scheduled to take place after the publication of the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into Older people and employment, this event would be an opportunity for policymakers and delegates alike to discuss how, in an increasingly aging population, older people can be supported for longer in the workplace. The event will also follow John Cridland’s recently published Independent review of the State Pension age and the Government’s forthcoming review of the SPA, and will consider the implications on both businesses and workers of an increase in the SPA.
Building on the Government’s Fuller Working Lives strategy, published in February, the event will assess what needs to be done to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Delegates will consider how business can support those in most need, including older women, those with long-term illnesses or disabilities and BAME groups, to ensure their working lives are not only improved but extended. Delegates will also discuss ways in which the Government can work better with employers and education providers to identify skills gaps and support workers as they get older to undergo on-the-job training or up-skilling to ensure they have the necessary skills for evolving workplaces. Attendees will also consider how to overcome age discrimination in the labour market, looking at current recruitment practices, as well as identifying and overcoming barriers to working later in life, such as healthcare issues or care responsibilities.